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Paul Stastny of Colorado Avalanche celebrates goal against San Jose Sharks in San Jose

It was a good night to be an Avs fan.  The Avs loosened up at exactly the right time while the Sharks tightened up at exactly the wrong time.  Before the series started, I said the Avs had to do 5 things in order to beat San Jose - let’s see how they did in those areas:

5. Win Game 1 or 2 in San Jose. Check.

4. Get production from Yip and / or Stewart. Check.  Chris Stewart scores the game winner.

3. Contain San Jose’s top line. Check.  Thornton / Heatley / Marleau combined for 0 points and where on the ice when Stewey scored the game winner.

2. Have “Special” Special Teams. Check.  The Avs were 2 for 2 on the PK and 1 for 2 on the PP.

1. Andy. Check.  He wasn’t spectacular - he didn’t have to be.  He looked relaxed, he was very focused and came up huge early when his team look a penalty 28 seconds into the game and then proceeded to give up 6 SOG on that PP.

A few other thoughts:
  • I wasn't impressed with Ryan Wilson, he looked out of place.
  • How about that hit Cumiskey put on Devin Setogchi?  The Cumer Train!
  • That torso injury was slowing down Duchene.
  • The Avs outshot San Jose 30-26 in the game.
  • As expected, they’re already freaking out in San Jose.
  • My wife said: "Hey Joe Thornton, Harry Potter called - he wants his invisibility cloak back"
Next game: Friday at San Jose, 8:30PM MDT